AceShowbiz - Barbara Walters landed in hot water after a video of Corey Feldman interview on "The View" resurfaced amid Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal. In the old clip, Feldman said that there were Hollywood pedophiles preying on young actresses and actors.
"There are people that were the people that did this to both me and Corey (Haim) that are still working. They're still out there, and that are some of the richest most powerful people in this business. And they do not want me saying what I am saying right now, " he said.
Instead of getting sympathy, Feldman was scolded by Walters. "You're damaging an entire industry," the 88-year-old host said. However, the actor refused to back down. "I'm sorry. I'm not trying to. I'm just trying to say that it's a very important, serious topic," he explained.
Sherri Shepherd later said during the interview, "You said there was one gentleman in the industry that did not take advantage of you, that was not a pedophile, and that was Michael Jackson." Feldman was quick to reply, "Of all people."
In his book "Coreyography", Feldman said that he was introduced to MJ by director Steven Spielberg. "Michael Jackson's world, crazy as it sounds, had become my happy place. Being with Michael brought me back to my innocence. When I was with Michael, it was like being 10 years old again," he wrote, adding that the late King of Pop never abused or tried to inappropriately touch him.
As the old video resurfaced, Feldman received a lot of support while Walters faced backlash. Some even wondered if MJ was a victim as well. "1 day justice will b served 4 both of us! God will show the light! Thank U all 4 the beautiful words & support! I'm so happy ppl r waking up!" he wrote on Twitter, referring to his late co-star Corey Haim.
The former child actor, now 46 years old, also addressed questions on whether or not Weinstein was his abuser. "4 the record I would like 2 say, 'No, Harvey Weinstein was not the man who molested me or my former acting partner'," he responded.
Neither Barbara Walter nor ABC which housed "The View" offered any comment on the backlash. Back in 2014, Walters also defended Woody Allen who was accused of child molestation. She retired from the ABC talk show three years ago but she still serves as an executive producer.
Recent report suggested her health was declining. She became "forgetful, fearful of falling, and isolated." Her representative, however, denied the rumors. "I see Barbara every 2-3 weeks and she's fine. I'm actually seeing her next week for tea," the rep claimed.